Finally, the lost Egyptian city of Heracleion has been revealed after spending 1,200-years under sea. Researchers discovered amazingly well-preserved artifacts 30-feet under the surface of the Mediterranean Sea in Aboukir Bay, near Alexandria that tell the story of a vibrant classical-era port. Continue reading for a video, more pictures, and additional information.

According to the Telegraph: “Leading research now suggests that Thonis-Heracleion served as a mandatory port of entry for trade between the Mediterranean and the Nile.” Researchers say that the immense weight of large buildings on the region’s water-logged clay, combined with sand soil, may have caused it to sink in the wake of an earthquake.